By S. Goodwin, published April 1911


Goodwin seeks to clarify the misunderstandings relating to the different kinds of gaff-topsails, which in 1911 were still very common. The confusion emanates from the fact that the names were never standardised or there were insufficient names for the numerous forms of this sail. From personal experience, observation and information acquired from pictures and books, Goodwin produced sketches of the kinds of gaff-topsail he identified. Using sixteen drawings, with names for each, he differentiates between the types and also includes details of other fore and aft topsails, which are akin to the gaff-topsail.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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